This project was started by a loyal reader who asked me if I could come up with a Pre-Season All Big 12 team. I knew that I could up with a list of guys which were note worthy. The only concern was where do I draw the line. This project was a first for me, did I leave somebody off, probably. That is where it was very difficult, where do I stop. Texas A&M probably has one of the deepest pitching staff in the conference and yet I could only get Travis Starling on the first team.
First Team All-Big 12
SP Kyle Gibson-Junior-Missouri RHP -Was the Saturday Starter behind Aaron Crow in ’08 where he went 9-4 in 12 starts and will be called upon to anchor the pitching staff this year.
SP Tyler Lyons-Junior-Oklahoma State-LHP Makes a very formidable pitcher along with Andy Oliver, in ’08 he had 15 starts and went 12-2.
SP Chance Ruffin-Sophomore-Texas-RHP- Was Freshman All-American last year where he went 8-3 with a 1.96 era.
RP Travis Starling- Junior-Texas A&M- Was First Team All-Big 12 in 2008 for A&M, 8-2, 3.70 ERA, 9 saves -
C- Trevor Coleman-Junior- Missouri- Threw out 16 out of 36 base runners, batted .295 last year.
1B- Luke Anders-Senior Texas A&M-Last year he led the Aggies in homers, on-base percentage and slugging while hitting .349-16-58
2B- Matt Harughty- Senior OU- On the year Matt batted .273 and had a .971 Fielding Percentage.
3B- Shaver Hansen-Junior Baylor – A .326 batting avg in 58 games.
SS- Raynor Campbell-Junior-Baylor- Will be the anchor for the defense.
OF-Aaron Seene-Junior-Missouri-Led the team with a .347 batting average.
OF Aaron Miller-Junior- Baylor -hit .295 with 12 home runs, 45 RBI, 18 doubles and 41 runs last season
OF-Neil Medchill-Junior- Oklahoma State-349 batting average last year with that being his first season with the Cowboys.
2nd Team All Big 12
SP Brandon Workman-Sophomore -Texas- Went 5-2 in his Freshman campaign and had a strong summer in the Cape Cod League.
SP Kendal Volz- Junior Baylor Had a great summer with the USA National Team in ’08 and will be the front line Pitcher for Head Coach Steve Smith.
SP Andy Oliver- Junior Oklahoma State -One of the top LHP in the country but is currently tied up with litigation against the NCAA.
RP Austin Wood- Senior- Texas LHP Dependable year in 2008 as a starter but will now be called on to close out games.
C Preston Clark-Senior- Texas-Potential for a big year his senior year as Clark had the injury bug the last two years.
1B Brandon Belt-Junior-Texas- Hit.319 with 6 HR and 65 rbis in his first year at Texas..
2B Tom Belza- Sophomore-Oklahoma State- Earned 2nd team All-Conference for the Cowboys as a freshman.
SS Drew Biery-Senior- Kansas State-.255 average with 13 doubles, five home runs and 32 RBI- Did have 12 errors in 55 games.
3b-Kyle Mach-Senior-Missouri- .In ’08 Matt had a .269 batting average and a 964 Fielding % as a Junior
OF Kyle Culligan- Senior Texas A&M an All-Big 12 outfielder after hitting .317-15-39 with 12 steals.
OF Dane Yelovich- Senior- Kansas State-Hit .286 with four doubles and 10 RBI, was 18-for-19 (94.7 percent) in stolen base attempts.
OF Tant Shepherd- Sophomore-Texas- Tant will take over in LF where his offense could be the key to where Texas ends up this year.
Freshman of the Year
Brandon Loy 3B/Taylor Jungmann RHP-Texas